Holiday-Inspired Outdoor Decorating that Lasts

Dress up your front porch and yard with these holiday outdoor decorating ideas that last from the first days of fall through the New Year. They look great on a porch or just outside your door.

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Outdoor Christmas Decorating Ideas

Make the outside of your home as ready for the holiday season as the inside with these outdoor Christmas decorating ideas. Our holiday decorating ideas, including beautiful Christmas greenery, festive light displays, and more, are sure to get your yard Christmas-ready.

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Grow Beautiful Amaryllis

Amaryllis flowers are easy to grow from bulbs and great for adding color to your holiday decor.

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Deer-Resistant Shade Plants

Gardening in the shade where deer are plentiful can be a challenging situation. But there are plants that thrive in the shade that aren't tempting to hungry deer. Although no plant can be considered completely deer-resistant, here's a list of shade dwellers that most deer avoid. Plus, we've added some fun facts about deer that might help you understand them better.

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Shrubs with Winter Interest

A winter landscape has a beauty all its own. An unexpected plant feature -- winter blooms that perfume the air, bright berries, colorful or textured foliage or unusual bark -- add a welcome element to gardens. These winter shrubs will not disappoint.

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Tips for Moving Plants Indoors

Here's a handy guide for moving your favorite plants inside once the weather turns cold.

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September Gardening Tips for the Northeast

A blast of cool at last! The September garden is a lesson in rejuvenation.

USDA Zone Maps -- In all but the coldest regions (Zones 5 and colder), early fall is an excellent time to plant perennials, container trees and shrubs, and roses. This month, however, it can still be hot. Do the planting on a cool, overcast, or rainy day to prevent heat stress.
See the USDA hardiness zone map.

Keep Your Lawn Looking Good
In cooler regions (Zones 6 and colder), September also is an excellent month to reseed and repair lawns. You'll need to water daily until the seed has sprouted and established. In warmer regions where daily highs are still regularly into the 80s F, wait to plant grass seed until October in warmer regions, when there are cooler temperatures and rain.
Learn how to renovate your lawn.

Apply a fertilizer and broad-leaf weed control to lawns this month. You can buy them in one formula, known as a weed-and-feed combination. Choose, if possible, one designed for fall application.

Even though grass growth has slowed, don't let it get more than three inches tall.

Tend to the Garden
If mature plants are flopping, tie them up or use plant supports or stakes (crisscrossed like an X with ends inserted in the soil) to keep them upright and to prevent them from smothering neighboring plants.

Halt fertilizing of roses and perennials. It will only encourage tender new growth that will get zapped this winter.

For best selection, buy bulbs as soon as you see them in stores. Keep in a cool, dry place until time for planting in October.
Try planting some of our favorite varieties.

Keep deadheading! You'll have more flowers longer, not to mention a nicer-looking garden.

Although this time of year it's tempting to forget about weeding, it's worth the effort to keep up with it! 

In Zones 3 and colder and at high elevations, your first frost is likely to come this month. Stay tuned to the television and newspaper forecasts to find out exactly when.

Prolong the growing season by throwing a sheet or other nonplastic material over your annuals and vegetables. In fact, for vegetables, you can cover them indefinitely with any very light landscape fabric and anchor the corners with bricks or stones. It lets in sun and rain, but prevents light frosts from doing any damage.
Learn more about harvesting vegetables.

Attract birds to your garden by establishing their food sources now.
See ways to make your garden more appealing.

Deadheading Your Garden


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